Gas Station Clerks Taking Drive-Offs Into Their Own Hands

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

As most of us know, driving off without paying for gas is against the law. But now those who choose to do it might be getting a letter in the mail from a certain gas station.

For the sake of this story, let's say I drive off without paying at the pump and a clerk or surveillance video catches me in the act. Well, the Department of Transportation would then help the gas station write me a letter.

The letter would read something like this: “Remember when you stole gas from our station? Well, now you owe us the amount of gas you didn't pay for plus an additional 30 dollars for our trouble”.

Of course, I would never do something like that, but according to some lawmakers, it's a real problem in Kentucky, and they're hoping to give police officers a little relief.

"They're just too busy as it is," says Rep. Darryl Owens.

Senator Jack Westwood is the bill's sponsor and his civil liability bill passed unanimously through the Senate. Wednesday, it was debated in a House Committee.

"I'm trying to figure out what protection we have to individuals who are victims or an individual where they got number's wrong," says Senator Westwood.

The bill was passed out of committee and now heads to the House Floor for a vote.

Of course, criminal penalties are still in place and this bill, if passed, would just be an additional tool used by law enforcement.

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